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Institutional Data

Institutional Research Graphic from Tableau

OIPE compiles a number of useful data resources that are of use to both academic and administrative offices on campus. If you have any questions or data needs please contact the Office of Institutional Planning & Effectiveness by phone at 828.227.7239, or email

Census Report

The census report includes student data regarding applications, enrollment, retention, demographics, credit hours and quality indicators/standardized test scores.  The report is generated on the 10th day of classes each fall and spring term.  Data is subject to change pending final approval from the UNC Systems Office.


Common Data Sets

The Common Data Set provides core institutional data and is published annually towards the end of the fall term (with some content being updated during the spring).

View the current Common Data Sets and archives.

Fact books

Fact Books provide a summary of information that can be utilized by internal and external constituents. They are designed to serve as a comprehensive, main reference source to obtain various institutional data. Fact Books are published annually during the fall term.

current fact book and browse archives


CATalytics is designed to provide key personnel access to pertinent operational and official reports for student and financial information.  Data used to create these reports originate from WCU's data warehouse, ERP system (Banner), and OIPE records.  The simplified and concise presentation of these reports make data consumption a task of ease and fosters an environment for data-driven decision making. 

CATalytics is a self-service reporting tool focused on measuring WCU's key instructional metrics such as student enrollment, degree conferrals, and course offerings.  It provides summary dashboard reports with custom dynamic filtering, drill down analysis capabilities, and instant report display conversion.

If you are a faculty/staff member of WCU and would like to request access to CATalytics, please contact Larry Hammer in the Registrar's Office at ext. 7216 or email

The Catalytics site can be accessed through MyCat or via the following link:


The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reports provide information pertaining to student characteristics, services, enrollment, degrees conferred, employees and finances. These reports are published annually in various stages during the fall and spring terms.



Student Body Profiles provide summary data pertaining to student enrollment, demographics, and quality indicators (such as standardized test scores).  These reports are generated each fall term. 


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